Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

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To celebrate the end of the school year, I made cupcakes to thank my interns and program assistants, as well as for our staff lunch, where we celebrated my co-worker’s pregnancy. Someone mentioned that the mom-to-be loves funfetti cake but I haven’t used a box cake mix in several years.

Instead, I found lots of recipes online for making funfetti from scratch, and ended up doubling two recipes: this one for the cake and this one for frosting to make around 19 cupcakes. I used oblong rainbow sprinkles in the batter, which melted in the oven and made perfect little splotches of bright color inside the cupcakes.

I piped the frosting with a 1M tip and decorated it with three types of sprinkles – the oblong rainbow ones, tiny rainbow nonpareils and pastel confetti.

Which sprinkles do you like best?

28 Responses to “Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes”
  1. Monet writes:

    Both please! I adored funfetti cupcakes when I was a child. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures. It takes me back to the days of 1st grade birthday parties. Yum!

  2. Debbie writes:

    Great idea, I have so many leftover sprinkles I could easily do this. Thanks!

  3. Melissa writes:

    I think I like the biggest sprinkles on top best, but it is also kind of fun having different sprinkles on the different cupcakes.

  4. Stephanie writes:

    It’s perfect for leftover sprinkles! The recipe uses them all up.

  5. Chef Dennis writes:

    I better taste them to decide which I like better, send over a dozen and I’ll blog my results!!

  6. Wheels writes:

    Omg we are so making these when I come to town next please!!

  7. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } writes:

    There is nothing better than white cake with white frosting and then throwing in the colored sprinkles on top!

  8. Patty Price writes:

    very fun, great for end of school celebration, love the sprinkles with the white frosting!

  9. TaleTellerin writes:

    These look really yum. Love the color blotches in the cakes and sprinkle-wise… I think I like the big round ones best.

  10. The Cilantropist writes:

    I think I like the biggest sprinkles the best, they sort of look like cute polka dots! Hurray for you, for making these from scratch yourself. I always applaud any effort to make something on your own rather than use store-bought! :)

  11. Lisa writes:

    pretty pretty! ive always wanted to try making home made funfetti cupcakes since i cant buy the mix here. the cupcakes look beautiful! oh, i and i like the confetti sprinkles the most ;)

  12. Heather I. writes:

    I’d have to say the oblong sprinkles. I’m sure these are so much tastier than the store bought mix! They just scream “Happy Birthday”!

  13. Hanna W writes:

    Great post!! I have tried to make funfetti at home before but made the mistake of stirring the sprinkles waaaay too much, the coloring came off making the batter a gross gray color, yours look beautiful though!
    For my own personal taste preferences I like the oblong sprinkles but I think the bigger round ones are cute for decorating!

  14. Stephanie writes:

    Thanks! I added the sprinkles after everything was combined and folded them in with a spatula. The color didn’t bleed at all.

  15. Andrea Groves writes:

    Yum. Any cake makes me happy, and the color is fun!
    The round sprinkles would have to be my favorite for decorating. :)

  16. The Housewife writes:

    The cupcakes look so pretty and festive! I need one to fight my meltdown as I type…

  17. whatnomints writes:

    Oddly enough, Funfetti cupcakes remind me of college … I would make them for my friends all the time (from the box of course, I’m not too keen with baking from scratch!) – They just put a smile on everyone’s face! Proves you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these fun little cakes :)

  18. Angela writes:

    I’ve always loved rainbow nonpareils. I also love how you turned funfetti cake into a homemade one, so much better than boxed cake mix. I’ll have to try this out for fun :)

  19. Sarah writes:

    Funfetti cake is the absolute best. I love the rainbow nonpareils as well, and add them to pancakes as well…typically on birthdays, anniversaries, or other celebrations as a little something special :)

  20. Stephanie writes:

    Sprinkles in pancakes – what a great idea! I’ve added lots of other things to pancakes but I’ve never thought of sprinkles. That sounds so festive and fun.

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  22. Brandi writes:

    They look yummy!

  23. Kathy writes:

    When I was growing up, we had Funfetti cake or cupcakes at every birthday, from a box. But the sprinkles on top were always the tiny round things. Mom would let us kind of press them down a little into the icing so they wouldn’t fall off.

  24. Katelynn writes:

    Hi Stephanie, Those cupcakes look so pretty! Perfect to make for someone’s birthday. I may have to try to make those soon. :)

  25. Kori writes:

    These are beautiful! Just what I was looking for, as a friend of mine’s bday is coming up, and she loves Funfetti cupcakes…but I, too, refuse to make anything from a box filled with preservatives and who knows what and was hoping to make them from scratch :) Thanks so much for sharing! I love how you used different types of sprinkles too. These are adorable!

  26. Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet writes:

    I like them all but in order or funfetti cuteness I would have to say, confetti sprinkles, rainbow non-pareils and then the oblong rainbow :)
    Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet recently posted Vanilla Frappuccino Cupcakes

  27. some girlll writes:

    yum. i love making funfetti cake/cupcakes! :) YUMMMMMAAAAY!

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